SNCF/DB – ten years of high speed

This 1 June at Paris Gare de l’Est station, French and German rail operators SNCF and Deutsche Bahn (DB) celebrated a decade of high-speed cooperation.

Their joint subsidiary Alleo, created in 2007, has since transported 16 million passengers between Paris, Munich, Stuttgart, and Frankfurt. Journeys that have saved 283,000 tonnes of C02 compared to the plane.

Nine out of ten passengers say they are satisfied or very satisfied with the service, which includes trilingual (German, French, English) staff on board.

“The success of Alleo is down to our teams of drivers, train and traffic managers, to everyone involved,” said Patrick Jeantet, managing director, SNCF Réseau (entity in charge of the French rail network).

“Also among the positives is the fact trains run city centre-to city centre, with journey times as good as the plane. For instance, best times include 3 hours 38 for Paris-Frankfurt and 3 hours 08 for Stuttgart-Paris.”

New destinations for 2017 are Paris-Berlin, -Hamburg and -Heidelberg; Frankfurt-Bordeaux; and Stuttgart-Montpellier.

To celebrate this 10th anniversary, ‘end-to-end’ Wi-Fi will be introduced to both ICE and TGV (or inOUI?!) trains serving the Franco-German routes from this summer.

Also, from 2-10 June, 10,000 tickets per market (20,000 in total) will go on sale costing a special 29 euro rate for 2nd Class, 39 euros for 1st. They will be valid from 19 June to 30 September.

Planes, trains and automobiles: Alleo is clearly determined to give air and road transport a run for their money, and time!

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